Jorge Oswaldo Aguirre Jr. was born in El Salvador in 1979. He received formal training from Barat College of Depaul University earning a degree with a concentration in painting in 2002. After a brief stint at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Jorge attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2004. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Studio Arts. His creative efforts centered on producing work in a digital medium.
The main focus of Jorge’s practice has centered around producing original works using a vector-based format. His ideas are outputted using self-adhesive vinyl, automotive paint, and various printing techniques. His works evolve from a simple idea into frenetically arranged and calculated explosions of shape, line and color. Methodically stitching the tapestry of his own ideas to the familiarity of an ever changing social landscape, he creates work that instantly gratifies the viewer through a seduction of logos and familiar shapes. Through the use of corporate logo modifications, three-dimensional layering, and high-visibility colors, he renders a new definition of what it means to be a hypermodern artist influenced by a consumerist American culture. Due to the chromatic bravura and graphic diversity, register and precision, it’s easy to see why his work resonates on so many levels. While a Frank Stella high-relief shows the expertise of the machining shop and hearkens back to the days of inveterate skilled labor, Oswaldo’s grapho-painterly style could only be the works of a mind born in an era of cyber screens and pixels, 3-D imagery and social media.After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Jorge simultaneously pursued a second career as a graphic artist. Upon landing in Los Angeles, he fell in love with technology and dedicated his first 3 years at Apple. It was during those 3 years where he cut his teeth as a digital craftsman. In 2008, he combined his love for creativity and fashion and was a Graphic Designer for the streetwear giant Stüssy. During his 7 year tenure his focus was designing mainline graphic tees, marketing assets, printed matter, in store POP, and executing special collaborative projects.As a designer he takes a hands-on integrated approach and has had extensive apparel and product experience creating for some of the most iconic American brands, including Nike, Pepsi, Marvel, Stussy and Xbox to name a few. With a background rooted in fine arts and solid knowledge of software, he has been responsible for developing digital concepts, graphic packages, and delivering projects all the way to execution. His broad range of stylistic capabilities, and eagerness to continually learn new processes has allowed him to explore new avenues where digital and analog processes collide. Over his career he has worked within small to large teams of creatives across multiple integrated business functions in fast paced high pressure environments.In 2015, he relocated his studio to work at Nike. Currently he is a Senior Graphic Designer for Nike Sportswear. He is the graphic lead helping to execute seasonal narratives for tshirts and apparel. He has a dog named Fozzie.